Let me start this off with a tip about where to shop for items like this. Pawn Shops and used tool dealers.
If you haven’t stopped into your local pawn shops, DO IT! You can find some smokin deals there! While it’s sad to think of who had to sell their tools for such little money, you can benefit from it if you know how to bargain.
For instance, I picked up a pair of Porter Cable nail guns a few days ago, an 18ga brad gun (model#BN125A) which will shoot a 1-3/8” brad and a 23ga pin gun (model#PIN100) which will shoot a 1” pin. They retail for over $200 at retail, and are nearly new. They came with a Porter Cable bag, a bunch of brads and pins, oil, air fittings, basically a complete set ready to use.
The best part, I paid $30 cash and walked out the door. They are pictured below.
I also bought two other nail-guns the same day, though I didn’t get quite as good a deal.
A PC BN200B 2” 18ga brad gun for $25, and an 18Ga 1” PC Stapler MS100B for $20.
Needless to say I’m pumped about this, as I picked up nearly every nail gun (and stapler) I need, and I paid less than if I had purchased the lowest priced piece in the group at retail.
Now all that’s left is to find a 16ga finish gun and maybe a framing gun for those small jobs, like the pigeon holes in a slant-front desk (inside joke between myself and Charles Neil)